Still, thinking of choosing a ceramic coating for your car?
Your car's finish is continuously bombarded with harsh contaminants that can cause damage, and that over time will reduce the gloss and clarity of the surfaces. Regular detailing to deep-clean these areas help to remove all of these contaminants that get onto the paint, and then traditionally a wax or sealant would be applied to prevent new contamination and to add gloss as well. Waxes and sealants are good, but often they are not applied frequently enough to offer maximum protection. Most waxes will only provide a month or two of protection before another application is due, and sealants can typically range in the 4-6 month durability.
How can that be improved on? Enter Ceramic Coatings.
We now have new technologies available to us in the detailing industry that significantly increase the durability of protection that can last up to 10 years. These new technologies come in the form of semi-permanent and permanent coatings that provide the ultimate barrier between your paint (and wheels…and trim), and the harsh elements that your car is exposed to on a daily basis.
Not only will these coatings provide a protective barrier, but they also add gloss and depth to the finish, and they make subsequent cleaning of the vehicle much easier since dirt, and other contaminants won’t stick to the surface as quickly. When you wash your car afterward, the paint will continuously have that “freshly waxed” and slick feeling to it.
Ceramic coating prevents water from accumulating on the top of your car and allows it to roll straight off, taking old dirt and dust with it. While ceramic coating might not be essential for your vehicle and can be a little expensive, it is considered cheaper in the long run than regular car wax. This is because it saves so much money on car washes and paint repairs. So you get:
- Greatly enhanced gloss
- Long lasting
- Easier to clean
- Protects your paint from UV Rays and Oxidation
- Protection from every day Chemical Stains (like bird droppings!)
- Protection against Light Scratches
Before deciding on the final ceramic coating option, we recommend that you evaluate your car’s condition and see if it is worth spending extra money on its external body. Don't know how to evaluate that? Give The Daily Detail car detailing a call.
The ceramic pro-grade products we recommenda and use are sold individually, as a commercial-grade type product. They are not sold to the general public with DIY kits, as they require special equipment and techniques to apply correctly. For this reason, all Daily Detail Ceramic Coating techs are trained in the most up to date best practices.
Professional nanoceramic coatings often produce elegant shine and hydrophobic properties.
PRO TIP FOR THE DIYrs: The quality of your paint surface will mainly determine how much prep work will be required for a quality ceramic coating application you will be happy with. It's not for all cars. If your paint’s clear coat is thin, a DIY ceramic coating is not going to help much. It’s really intended for newer cars with quality clear coat finishes. Becaue some really cheap products are on the market, we hare about DIYrs using inferior ceramic coating products with over-exaggerated claims, so do your research before you purchase. Feel free to call us about how to get it done right.
"Nothing compares to what this does to your finish and the way it sheds water."
Protection From The Hot Austin Texas Sun
Weather: Depending on how much sun your vehicle gets, a ceramic coating might be needed. This is especially true of cars that get parked in the sun for long hours. Due to the damage caused by UV rays, these cars would require the extra protection of a layer of ceramic coating.
Ceramic Coatings... What's The Chemistry All About?
There are two common ceramic coatings that individuals can find: Polymer and Epoxy.Polymer: A polymer is a substance that contains a molecular structure that consists of a large number of similar units that are bonded together. There are synthetic and natural polymers and are used in the form of things such as adhesives, blends, and coatings.Epoxy: Epoxy resins, also known as polyepoxides, are a class of reactive prepolymers and polymers which contain epoxide groups. They are used in the manufacture of things such as adhesives, plastics, paints, primers, and coatings.
Ceramic coatings are a great option for individuals who are looking for a protective layer that is more durable. Ceramic coatings are thicker than traditional wax, which means it better protects against micro-marring and etching, protects the paint from all foreign matter such as dirt, scratches, mud, and other contaminants, and essentially offers better protection overall.Additionally, ceramic coatings repel dirt seamlessly and are easier to clean. This is because this substance work at a molecular level, which ensures that your vehicle is smooth and even.